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Saturday evening. I’m in Atlanta Georgia about to board my flight for Nigeria. Usually I fly through London which means a seven hour flight to London then another eight or nine hour flight down to Nigeria. This time, however, I am flying through Atlanta an hour and a half from Chicago to Atlanta and then a ten hour flight across the Atlantic. It will be nice to cut so much time out of my flight.

I have spent a month back in that states hoping it was enough time to get all my visas for the Africa trip this January. I got them all except one, Zambia. However I should be able to pick that one up in Lagos while I am there.

There are many things to look forward to on this trip. The trip begins next week with a conference of all our West African churches together in Lagos Nigeria. There will be sermons and papers and I will have a chance to visit with and talk to most of the pastors in this part of the world. There will also be one or two new pastors interested in talking about the CLC at this conference.

After this week long conference I will be joining up with Pastor Todd Ohlmann and journeying down to the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is part of the world I have not been to before. I will meet new pastors, see a new part of Africa, talk to new (for me) churches, and then get a chance to visit some prospective new fields in the Congo area.

I’ll try to keep you all updated, but the internet in Africa is very spotty and I don’t know how often I will have the chance.

Keep the conference and our Africa brothers in your prayers.

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” – Colossians 4:2

Pastor Matthew Ude

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